Facebook allows permanent remote work

Facebook will let all its 60,000 employees to work remotely after the pandemic ends if their roles allow them to do so.

Prior to this, only workers at a sufficient level of seniority were allowed a full time remote working arrangement.

However, employees who make the decision to move to a different location following their move into a fully remote role, could face a salary reduction based on the cost of living of their chosen area.

Facebook said it will open most of its US offices at 50 per cent capacity by early September and expects to reopen them in full by October.

In January 2022, Facebook employees will also be allowed to permanently move and work within seven European countries.

The social networking giant’s decision contrasts with recent moves by Apple, which has announced plans to return workers to the office.

Earlier this month, Apple chief executive Tim Cook told the company’s 137,000 employees that they were expected to return to the office in early September.

This prompted 80 Apple employees to express their disapproval of the decision in a letter to US publication The Verge, highlighting that Apple delivered “the same quality of products and services that Apple is known for, all while working almost completely remotely.”

“As part of my commitment to remote and hybrid work, I plan to spend as much as half of the next year working remotely,” said chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. “I’ve found that working remotely has given me more space for long-term thinking and helped me spend more time with my family, which has made me happier and more productive at work."

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